11 Million Malaysians Had Their Personal Info Exposed By Facebook’s Security Breach
Facebook has been under fire by users all over the world after Israeli cybersecurity company Hudson Rock’s co-founder Alon Gal tweeted a leaked database containing data from 533,000,000 Facebook users. He mentioned in his tweet that the records were leaked for free and that if you own a Facebook account, it is highly-likely that your phone number used for the account was leaked out.
The information that were leaked included affected victims from more than 100 countries, including Malaysia with over 11 million users’ data leaked – YIKES! Data that were leaked included users’ names, mobile numbers, emails, gender, occupation, city, country, marital status, and others.
Alon Gal added in his tweet that, “I have yet to see Facebook acknowledging this absolute negligence of your data.” So, obviously we should be more cautious and start being more responsible on what we post in Facebook because the company itself is not taking any actions to protect their users’ personal information.
On the flip side, Director of Strategic Response Communications for Facebook, Liz Bourgeois responded on Twitter that those were “old data that was previously reported in 2019,” and that they have already rectified this issue back in August 2019. Despite this clarification, people are speculating that the information leaked can still be exploited by crude marketers, scammers, and hackers.
If this doesn’t convince you, Gal also reported a similar case on 14 January this year, which also allows a Telegram bot to allow users to query the database for a low fee. How scary is that? Please be very wary on what you share and add to your Facebook profile, as Facebook has yet to address the security breach concern.
Full list of affected users by country pic.twitter.com/Wrrzd0WyxE — Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) January 14, 2021